The Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional Development (“Gerner Award”) is awarded by the Women’s Caucus for International Studies (WCIS) and sponsored by Lynne Rienner Publishers. Deborah Gerner (1956-2006) was a much-loved and inspirational scholar who worked extensively on contributing to conflict resolution and peace in the Middle East. She was also a great advocate for women scholars in the international relations discipline.
The $2,000 grant is intended to support activities during the early stages of an academic career (primarily at the assistant professor level, though requests from individuals at the late stages of dissertation research also will be considered). The kinds of activities appropriate for grant funding include, but are not restricted to, travel to a professional conference or workshop; conducting field research; and the purchase of books, software, databases, etc., needed for research.